Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the first airstrikes of Operation Desert Storm, the “oh, it’s just one play on the slots–what could go wrong?” of America’s full-blown gambling addiction to blowing things up in the Middle East. Thanks to YouTube, you kids out there can relive it as it happened…or, at least, “as it … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Surrender of Kut (1916)

Today is the anniversary of one of the worst military fiascos in British history, the surrender of the 6th division of the Indian Army to the Ottomans at the Iraqi town of Kut. Kut followed right on the heels of the Battle of Ctesiphon in November 1915, and this epilogue turned that indecisive battle into a major strategic … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Surrender of Kut (1916)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Amiriyah shelter bombing (1991)

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Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)

You may not have heard of the Republic of Mahabad. You may not even know anybody else who's heard of the Republic of Mahabad. Maybe you're looking askance at this blog right now, wondering if I'm telling the truth. Wondering if I've ever told the truth. Well let me assure you that the Republic of … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)